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Make a Windsor Chair (A fine woodworking book) Paperback – March 1, 1992

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Dunbar is a master woodworker, famous for making exquisite Windsor chairs. He is the founder of a well known woodworking school, author of several books and many articles, and an acclaimed lecturer.

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Product Details

  • Series: A fine woodworking book
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; 1st edition (March 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0918804213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0918804211
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Dunbar began writing as a 19-year old cub reporter. Since then, he has published nine woodworking books. He also wrote the eight-volume Castleton Series for teens and adults that are young at heart. Mike has written more magazine articles than he can remember. His name has been on the mastheads of three national magazines. He has been a newspaper and magazine columnist, and an editor. He has hosted a radio and a television show. He is in demand as a seminar speaker. He lives in Hampton, NH with his family. He operates and teaches at The Windsor Institute, a school that specializes in handmade Windsor chairs, He blogs at mikedunbar.tumblr.com, windsorchairs.tumblr.com, and thewindsorinstitute.com/blog. You can keep up to date with Mike on Facebook at the Castleton Series page and The Windsor Institute page.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Dowski on December 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
I not only have this book, I have made a chair in Mike's workshop in New Hampshire. Mike has been instrumental both through his writings and teachings in the recent revival of interest in the making of Windsor chairs by hand much as they were made hundreds of years ago. His book is my definitive resource for questions about Windsor chair construction when I am working in my shop. In this day and age where most of our furniture is mass produced by machines using wood composites and other man made materials it is refreshing to see how fine furniture was once (and in certain places still is) crafted directly from the forest with nothing but hand tools and the skilled hands of the chairwright
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mike 1900 on July 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
Excellent book dealing ONLY with the construction of the Windor chair. Dunbar takes the reader through the selection and riving of wood, adzing of the seat and turning of the chair legs, through to the finished construction of the chair. Dunbar also explains the construction of a steaming setup and jigs for the bending of wood(s). Dunbar runs a school on the making of Windors and this would be the textbook students use to learn Dunbar's methods. A "can't miss, no regrets" purchase.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. jefferson on November 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
Mike Dunbar has probably had more to do with the revival of hand made Windsor chairs using traditional tools and techniques than any other person in the U.S. and his book remains the best single guide to making such a chair. I purchased a copy eleven and a half years ago when I took my first class with Mike and when his book was still in print. I have never regretted the fifteen or twenty dollars it cost. Nonetheless it needs to be thoroughly revised and updated. Even Mike admits there are some serious errors in the book, and some of the techniques he and his students have developed since the book was first published will yield a better chair with considerably less effort. My advice would be to spend the six or seven hundred dollars to take one of his classes plus the cost of meals and a motel room for five days, take copious class notes, and then buy the book as a good reference work for subsequent chairs.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jesse on October 30, 2012
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I purchased this book several years ago, at the time I was an avid woodworker and spent most of my free time in the woodshop. In the past I have used this book to build maybe 40 to 50 of these beautiful chairs. I will tell you now, if you have no woodworking experience and do not want to invest in a few specialty tools (maybe one to two hundred dollars worth if you buy decent quality tools) then this is not the book or the project for you. Recently a longtime friend came over and was commenting on how comfortable one of the chairs I made when I first got the book. Long story short, she wanted to know where I bought them, I told her I made them, she wanted me to make her some. So I figured what the heck, it was a project I enjoyed. The last chair I built was probably two and a half years ago so I was a little worried I wouldn't remember how and the chairs would not turn out very nice. I pulled out this book, began paging through it and started following the directions. About thirty working hours later I had a great set of four chairs completed. Overall this is a well written book that makes it relatively easy to complete a very difficult project. This is not a book written for total beginners or for those that think they will turn these out in a weekend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Don Debolt on May 11, 2010
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I have attended Michael Dunbar's Windsor Institute and purchased this book after I went to the Institute. I wanted it because I felt that it would be a great reference book and after reading it I am very glad that I have it. A word to the wise, this book dates back to the mid 1980's and the way chairs are made at the Institute have changed in many cases for the better but for the most part you could build a Sack Back or C Arm Windsor chair using this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Gaffan on February 22, 2008
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Make a Windsor Chair (A Fine Woodworking Book) For amateur or advanced woodworkers this is THE book to have if you are aiming for a great Windsor chair. Michael Dunbar is widely, and justifiably, known as America's most well known Windsor chair craftsman. He has taken the best of his personal furniture making classes and boiled it all down into an easily followed, well illustrated guidebook. If this is your first or even tenth Windsor chair project you will find this book invaluable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Esposito on February 4, 2010
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This is one of the two best "how to books" I've ever read. Mr. Dunbar, with all of his experience, was somehow able to put himself in the place of a beginner and transmit his knowledge in a clear, precise, readable manner.I have made about 20 of these beautiful chairs and I always thank my master, Mr. Dunbar, when I complete one.
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the original edition of Dunbars book was all that I needed to produce two matching continuous C arm chairs in 2012.The drawings were complete and the technical aspects of the fabrication were for the most part were straight forward .I made a few mistakes which required some remakes of parts and I was slowed down some what in obtaining suitable material and performing some operations without some of the special tools recommended. I must admit that I was shocked to find that the new revised addition of Dunbars Make a Winsor Chair That I purchased was incomplete! An essential C-arm assembly drawing is missing from the new edition of the book making it impossible to make a C-Arm chiair from the information presented..It seems a shame that either the publishers ,editor,or author would permit distributon of an incomplete book. IF YOU WANT TO MAKE TA wINSOR cHAIR I'd STICK TO THE oRIGINAL EDITION.
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